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 Youth Poet Laureate

Meet Megan Edmunds, the Port Moody Centennial Youth Poet Laureate. To celebrate the City’s Centennial, the Port Moody Public Library, with support from School District 43, organized the Youth Poet Laureate contest, providing an opportunity for talented teens to submit original poems related broadly to Port Moody’s history. Mayor Mike Clay announced Megan as the winner at the April 9, 2013 Council meeting and Colin Fehr as the runner-up.

Watch Megan reading her winning poem, Taking Root, and come see her read it live at these upcoming events celebrating Port Moody’s Centennial:

  • July 1: Canada Day celebration at Golden Spike Days
  • August 17: Community picnic at Rocky Point Park
  • September 29: Ioco Days Festival and Vintage Radio Show

See the City of Port Moody's website for a full list of Centennial events.

Megan Edmunds  Meet Megan Edmunds, Port Moody Centennial Youth Poet Laureate 

Megan is a Grade 11 student at Gleneagle Secondary who wants to follow a career in writing. Her winning poem, Taking Root, focuses on change and the eventual acceptance of a new home - drawing parallels between the original pioneers of Port Moody and today. Megan's Artist Statement provides additional information on her inspiration for Taking Root as well as a second poem, Horizons Falling, that was submitted to the contest. She hopes that her poems will inspire Port Moody residents to celebrate their City's unique heritage during the 2013 Centennial and beyond. 
Colin Fehr  Meet Colin Fehr, Port Moody Centennial Youth Poet Laureate runner-up 

Colin is a Grade 12 student at Heritage Woods Secondary and a self-admitted arts activist. His poem, Opus, celebrates the imagery of Port Moody and tells the story of how the city has shaped him - from memories of younger days to the present. Colin's Artist Statement provides additional information on his inspiration for Opus as well as a second poem, Found.




Who was eligible?

  • Port Moody residents age 13-18 years.

How did the contest work?

  1. Two original unpublished poems needed to be submitted.
  2. Maximum 350 words per poem; one application per person.
  3. Poems needed to involve the theme of Port Moody’s history (see below).  .

Port Moody’s history theme

  • All poems submitted for this contest were based on the theme of Port Moody’s history.
  • This theme was intended to encourage a broad range of interpretations. Examples include, but are not limited to: Port Moody's industrial history; Port Moody's tradition of arts or architecture; experiences and thoughts of newcomers to Port Moody; Port Moody's natural history; and so on.
  • More information and inspiration about Port Moody's history and centennial celebrations is available on the City of Port Moody's Centennial page.
  • Entrants were encouraged to use their creativity, and to come up with their own interpretation of Port Moody’s history, and what it means to them. We wanted to hear their best ideas.

Prizes and incentives

  • $500 cash prize for Youth Poet Laureate.
  • $250 cash prize for runner-up.
  • Winning poem will be included in the 2013 Port Moody Centennial Time Capsule and the Port Moody Museum archives.
  • Community leadership opportunities, and public recognition at Port Moody Centennial Events (e.g. Golden Spike Days, Centennial Parade).


  • Finalists were invited for an interview with the judging panel. As part of the interview, finalists  read aloud their two poems to the judges.
  • Poems were judged on creativity and originality, ideas and technical excellence.
  • One Youth Poet Laureate and one runner-up were selected.

Youth Poet Laureate responsibilities

  • Must be available to attend Port Moody Centennial events requested and scheduled in advance from April to September 2013.
  • Will perform duties such as reading their poems to the public, and speaking to local community and student groups about their connection to Port Moody’s history through poetry.
  • May be asked to participate in library programs focused on writing or poetry for adults and/or youth.

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Last updated: 30/08/2018 1:35:16 PM